Somebody gave me a “Border’s Books” gift card for Xmas. Book gift cards, along with a certain international chain of coffee shops’ gift cards are just the best. And iTunes’ cards. Those are fun, too. I couldn’t find my old text of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, so I used that gift card, in part, to get a nice, new, “corrected text,” hardback. I’ll miss the notes I had in the old version.
I read this the first time, long after college, and I thought it was the most accessible of Faulkner’s work. William Faulkner, one of the great American novelists from the last century, a true Gothic Southern writer.
Since Cormac McCarthy has gone up in literary value, I would expect similar value to be attached to Faulkner’s work.
I’m misquoting the source, and the author’s quote, but my intention is pure. “The South has produced so many great writers because we lost the war.” (Faulkner)